The Bull and Beggar

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RAW BAR HAPPY HOUR 5-6 DAILY - HALF OFF OYSTERS SHRIMP AND CLAMS. Classic European cuisine, cocktail bar and raw bar set in a warm warehouse revamp in the River Arts District.
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Charleston
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the better meals. Steak was prepared perfectly. Ample selection of oysters. Service was attentive and knowledgeable. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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Dallas
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Service and ambience was great. Our server was very attentive and host was welcoming. Food was mediocre, unfortunately. We both ordered the filet and it was smothered in a sauce that only masked the flavor of the meat. Both of us requested medium and the steak was almost well done. The scallop potatoes- flavor was good, but it was covered in a deep layer of grease. The restaurant is in a quirky little area and we were looking forward to trying something great during our trip to Asheville. Unfortunately we were disappointed.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Fillet's in Asheville. The bone marrow is next level. I Will be back!

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PS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I’m a local. Love this restaurant but it’s expensive. Quality of food is wonderful. I would like a few more options for smaller plates to share to keep the cost down for visiting friends. Wine list is quite balanced. Mussels are always good as is lobster roll. I would not order the Tatar again if you love this dish. Desserts are unique and always interesting. Loved the rose geranium ice cream. 😋

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C
Western NC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I, celebrated our 42nd birthday,
our waiter- Robert made it very special, very knowledgeable on wine for me and beer for my husband, I went with every recommendation he had, thank you for Not disappointing! The food was AMAZING! we had the meat & cheese platter, I had 6 oysters (Robert's flavors), we also shared the Sea bass with roasted veggies...to die for! Thank you for the experience, we will definitely be back!

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RA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Burger night!! One of the best burgers in town!! Pork rinds are not to be missed either!!

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CG
Western NC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So glad they found our reservation! We we're nervous for a minute! It was a fabulous evening!

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FL
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We have been in search of the "perfect burger" for quite a while, and the Bull & Beggar's burger was well recommended. As I recall, the description said, ". . . to die for!" The burger was excellent and definitely one of the best, accompanied by crisp, natural (i.e. not pre-formed) fries. Beverage was additional. Often in competing restaurants a pint is included.

Our server, Nicole, was attentive, outgoing, and a very nice person.

Although I would not hesitate to recommend this venue, it would not be without mentioning that the menu offerings struck us as pricey, although there were selections that were unique and the quality appeared unimpeachable. This is a true gourmet restaurant with a definite French flair.

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JG
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food!!!! Great wine. Excellent service. Loved the atmosphere.

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KM
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was very friendly: we were late and they sat us anyway without any disapproving looks. Mellow lighting and hip ambiance. The drink menu is very unique and each one was delicious. We were a table of 4, each ordered different cocktails and each ordered a second because they were so tasty. We had peel and eat shrimp to share which were pretty standard but the oyster menu is great and the sauce they serve them with complements perfectly. Everyone enjoyed their meals. Steaks were cooked perfectly and creamed ramp was a perfect side dish. Small plates: octopus well received, linguini with lemon, chilli pepper and shaved roe was AMAZING! My only complaint was the beef tartare was too chunky for raw meat. It was a bit difficult to chew. The ricotta fritters with cherries for dessert were so delicious! Overall a fantastic meal and will definitely go back.

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OT
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A more intimate place than most. Not the noisy array of tables and anxious staff running around like chickens. This was relaxing with great personalized service.

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M
London
8 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, good cote de boeuf and a good selection of wine. Highly recommend

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SJ
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner get the flaming ribeye it’s awesome and large

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MW
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We ate at the Bull and Beggar in celebration of my son’s college graduation from UNC Asheville. I wanted a place that was a bit more upscale, from a food perspective, than what I’ve found in Asheville typically and the Bull and Beggar did not disappoint. The food was excellent, the service was great and the ambiance was exactly right. I will also say that while it isn’t inexpensive, expense is relative to what you get for your money and this was worth the price. I recommend this restaurant and will go back again.

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KH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

The food and service were great.. the ambiance however does not match the food.. not necessarily a bad thing but it was very noisy and in an old warehouse . It is in the River Arts district and the parking was gravel and after all the rain it was muddy and full of potholes.. I would not let these issues keep me from going as the food and service were excellent but at least I would know what to expect.

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BB
Western NC
12 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wish the menu had more options...very limited but that could be their objective...deliver what is offered on time and cooked correctly

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MH
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Robert A. was a fantastic server! Great food, drink, and ambience. Will return and recommend to all my friends who visit Asheville.

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AA
Western NC
48 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We generally go to Bull and Beggar for "Burger Monday," and that was the case at most recent visit. A double-patty cheeseburger and hand-cut fries are $10 early in the evening, plus raw oysters and clams are half price.

The cheeseburgers were as good as ever (and a bargain on Mondays), and the oysters on the half shell were excellent, too, though even at half-price ($18 for a dozen) they aren't exactly cheap ... but this is Asheville, a long way from the coast. Bull and Beggar offers a selection of oysters from Washington State, New England, North Carolina and sometimes elsewhere, and they're also fresh and cold. They are served with the restaurant's special sauce and without any bread or crackers. Frankly, we miss the mix-your-own sauce (horse radish, ketchup, lemon juice and hot sauce) that we love in New Orleans.

My wife loves the Bull and Beggar version of the Vieux Carré cocktail, and I like the Plymouth gin martini.

Keep in mind that with its brick warehouse walls and wood floors, Bull and Beggar can be VERY noisy. It's not a spot to have an intimate conversation.

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Cocktails were amazing, steak was cooked perfectly, and waiter was great too. The only thing that was not even edible was the tartiflette. Only order if you love stinky cheese.

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Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best meals we have had. The service, menu, selection, and drink menu is top notch.

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ED
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was fantastic. We couldn't have asked for better food or service. Would highly recommend.

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RH
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steak I have ever had. Been to Bull and Beggar often to order their steak. It is consistently excellent. Grilled to perfection always. The Madeira sauce complements the meat. I am not a sauce person when it comes to steak, but this sauce doesn’t hide the meat—it brings out the flavor. And don’t forget the half price raw oyster and clams from 5 to 6 pm. Impeccable service, great location, and an amazing chef. What more can you ask for? Thank you, Bull and Beggar!

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NO
New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Possibly my all time favorite burger:
Burger night is brilliant, our 4th visit on Monday evenings. Living in New Orleans most of the year and conducting Food Tours there provides lots of research ! There is simply nothing better than a well executed burger not to mention the cool space , snappy cocktails, and friendly service. Only one suggestion: revisit your red wine offerings.

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L
Western NC
39 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places to dine in Asheville. We especially go for the 5-6 oyster half-price happy hour, and these aren't just any-old oysters. Usually a great selection from New England, Canada and the Pacific Northwest. The entree selection is limited but it's all good stuff, especially the filet, the Monday cheesburger and the new veal cutlets entree (hope they keep this on the menu). The bar staff is always eager to please despite being super-busy making drinks. Just a few suggestions: the businesses there should get together and have the landlords fix up the parking lot, it's a huge expanse of pot holes and dust trying to get into Bull and Beggar. They accept reservations but not at the bar, they should reconsider that policy so if we want to sit at the bar we don't have to get there at 5 p.m. and wait in line. Otherwise, 5 stars all the way.

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and exceptional service. After unfortunately being sat next to a couple who were having a heated discussion at the table next to us, the waitstaff and management were incredibly understanding and accommodating when we requested to move tables. The team got us to a comfortable location upstairs and made sure we had a great night out. Come for the food, stay for the excellent service.

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E
Greensboro
11 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and wonderful food!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every part about the meal and ambiance was amazing. Every detail was perfect.

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OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. They could elevate their wines by the glass, though.

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ES
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE this restaurant. Ate here about a year ago. Could not stop thinking about the filet. Had it again this time. OUTSTANDING! Perfectly cooked, sauce is lick your plate good. Met a friend for dinner last night and she asked where we ate the night before. When I said Bull & Beggar she asked, did you have the filet? OMG! It’s no secret. Only suggestion it to improve sides, but with a main like that, who needs sides? Also, drink was AMAZING - chartreuse smash!! Appetizers and dessert was also stellar. I may have to go again before we leave town!

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JL
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the raw bar happy hour! BEST PEELED SHRIMP I've ever eaten.
My husband loves the large selection of oysters and grilled octopus.
Dinner was delish.

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D
Western NC
54 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best oysters in Asheville!!

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AJ
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Relaxing ambience! Burger night - delicious. Pork rinds were super!

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b
Western NC
43 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed to dine here. The roasted oysters with ramp butter were delicious!

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OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great people, perfect experience over all!

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b
Western NC
10 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have always had a pleasant experience starting with being greeted upon entering throughout the entire meal. The servers are all very knowledgeable about the menu and wine. The dining options are varied for all pallets so everyone in our group was happy with their meal.

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J
Phoenix
64 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very upscale industrial restaurant in a convenient Asheville artsy area. Excellent food and excellent service! Highly recommend!

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LP
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

I work in food service and understand that your staff can make or break your business. We had terrible service, our server rolled her eyes and is the sole reason why we will never return. The food was great!

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VJ
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way! Just hope to go back very soon. Best burger ever and best dirty martini ever. I want to try the whole menu.

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CB
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The filet was perfect, hush puppies are a must also...

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e
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Very hipster location on the river. Loved it.

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